Competing Fantasies and Alternative Realities: Salman Rushdie's the Golden House

Title: Competing Fantasies and Alternative Realities: Salman Rushdie's the Golden House
Authors: Resano, Dolores
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Date: 13-Dec-2021
Online since: 2022-09-21T14:19:55Z
Abstract: This article examines one of the earliest novels of the Trump era, Salman Rushdie's The Golden House (2017), as part of a literary corpus that felt compelled to respond to the derealization of political culture by producing fictions commensurate to the new "American reality."Spanning the years from the first inauguration of Obama to the election of Trump, the novel depicts a nation that has "left reality behind and entered the comic-book universe,"a turn to fantasy that precedes the final irruption of a wealthy vulgarian who calls himself the Joker, and who subverts any previous sense of identity and of what is "real."Drawing from the notion of national fantasy as argued by Lauren Berlant (1991), Jacqueline Rose (1996), and Donald Pease (2009), the article suggests that Rushdie's novel performs and invites a rare self-examination in the context of early literary responses to the rise of Trumpism.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Journal of American Studies
Start page: 1
End page: 25
Copyright (published version): 2021 The Authors
Keywords: "Trump fiction"Liberal imaginaryPost-truth era
Subject LCSH: Rushdie, Salman‏
DOI: 10.1017/S0021875821001237
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0021-8758
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Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection
UCD Clinton Institute Research Collection

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